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1,517 students orphaned by COVID-19 in Ho Chi Minh City

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The latest coronavirus outbreak in Ho Chi Minh City has taken away the parents of 1,517 students and left thousands infected, according to the municipal Department of Education and Training’s statistics.

The orphans have lost either their fathers or mothers, or both due to COVID-19.

More than 10,000 high school students and over 3,000 teachers have caught the viral disease.

Some 62,100 students enrolled at elementary, middle, and high schools have been stricken by poverty.

As of September 11, 12,341 cadres, teachers, employees, and workers in the city’s education and training sector have lost their jobs.

Kindergarten teachers and workers were affected the most, with 10,129 people having their labor contracts canceled or postponed.

The municipal Department of Education and Training proposed the Ho Chi Minh City chapter of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Committee and socio-political organizations provide aid to students and teachers in need for the 2021-22 school year on September 10.

The department reported that 94.3 percent of 674,173 elementary school students are studying online while another 0.73 percent, who have been stranded in other localities due to travel restrictions, have been temporarily admitted to schools in those places.

Meanwhile, 93.9 percent of over 400,000 middle school students and 97.5 percent of more than 200,000 high school students in the city attended virtual lessons during the first week of the school year.

Respectively, 0.2 percent and 0.07 percent of their stranded peers have temporarily attended middle and high schools in other localities.

The corresponding rates in continuing education students are 88.6 percent and 0.4 percent.

The number of students having difficulty accessing online lessons has decreased from 75,000 at the end of August to 40,000, thanks to the support of organizations, parents, and schools.

The municipal education department is coordinating with Ho Chi Minh City Television (HTV) to broadcast lessons as soon as possible, with priorities given to the first-, second-, fifth-, sixth-, ninth-, and 12th-grade syllabuses.

Ho Chi Minh City’s elementary, middle, and high school students commenced their new academic year virtually on September 5.

The southern city is the gravest COVID-19 hotbed in Vietnam with 309,787 local infections, accounting for about half of the country’s 630,661 community transmissions since the fourth virus wave’s emergence on April 27.

Vietnam has reported 635,055 patients, including 398,461 recoveries and 15,936 deaths, since the COVID-19 pandemic first struck early last year.

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Students in Ho Chi Minh City’s island commune return to school

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Nearly 250 students in an island commune off Ho Chi Minh City have become the first returnees to offline schooling in the southern city on Wednesday while their peers in other parts of the metropolis still stick to the online learning mode.

Students in Thanh An Commune, located in Can Gio, an island district of Ho Chi Minh City, could not restrain the excitement on their way to school on Wednesday morning.

They are first, second, sixth, ninth, and 12th graders at Thanh An Elementary School and Thanh An Middle – High School.

At Thanh An Elementary School, teachers waited to welcome the first- and second-grade students, measure their body temperature, and have them use hand sanitizer at the school gates before instructing them to enter their classrooms in two different lanes.

“I closed my stall at the market to take my child to school today,” said Tran Thi Le Xuan, whose child is a first grader.

“I found online study was not feasible for my child over the past time.

“I was always looking forward to the resumption of in-person schooling so that my child can study well.

“My kid is very happy today.”

A woman feeds her grandchildren before they go to school in Thanh An Commune, Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City, October 20, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A woman feeds her grandchildren before they go to school in Thanh An Commune, Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City, October 20, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Hoang Anh, another first grader, also expressed the excitement for the first day back at school.

“As my mother was busy, my grandmother took me to school today. I prepared my school bag last night,” Anh said.

“I am very happy to meet new friends and teachers,” Anh added, knowing that they have to wear a face mask in class.

Le Huu Binh, principal of Thanh An Elementary School, said that his institution also prepared measures in case any of the children contracts the coronavirus.

“Homeroom teachers will instruct the students to take off face masks to breathe for a few minutes and wash their hands often,” Binh said.

At Thanh An Middle – High School, 131 sixth, ninth, and 12th graders attended classes on Wednesday.

A boat carried the first ten of them to the local ferry station at 6:00 am the same day.

Students cycle to school in Thanh An Commune, Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City, October 20, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Students cycle to school in Thanh An Commune, Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City, October 20, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

“I woke up at 4:00 am and prepared my breakfast and school bag,” said 12th grader Hoang Truong Giang.

“I woke up early partly because I couldn’t sleep as I was excited for the first day of school.”

Schools in Ho Chi Minh City have been shuttered since May 10 due to the fourth wave of COVID-19 that started hitting Vietnam on April 27.

The metropolis has been the hardest-hit locality in this bout, with nearly 420,000 local infections.

As infections slow and vaccination speeds up, city authorities have gradually resumed socio-economic activities, including offline schooling, with Thanh An Commune pioneering.

Students get off a boat in Thanh An Commune, Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City, October 20, 2021. Photo: Thao Thuong / Tuoi Tre

Students get off a boat in Thanh An Commune, Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City, October 20, 2021. Photo: Thao Thuong / Tuoi Tre

A staff member measures the body temperature of a student in Thanh An Commune, Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City, October 20, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

A staff member measures the body temperature of a student in Thanh An Commune, Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City, October 20, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Students attend a class in Thanh An Commune, Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City, October 20, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Students attend a class in Thanh An Commune, Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City, October 20, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Students attend a class in Thanh An Commune, Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City, October 20, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Students attend a class in Thanh An Commune, Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City, October 20, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Students attend a class in Thanh An Commune, Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City, October 20, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Students attend a class in Thanh An Commune, Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City, October 20, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Students attend a class in Thanh An Commune, Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City, October 20, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

Students attend a class in Thanh An Commune, Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City, October 20, 2021. Photo: Quang Dinh / Tuoi Tre

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Ho Chi Minh City university becomes Vietnam’s first to pledge zero-waste campus

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The University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (UEH) has launched an initiative promoting zero-waste practices on its campus, a collaboration with environmental nonprofit Vietnam Zero Waste Organization (VZWA).

This is the first zero-waste campus project in Vietnam and will be piloted at a UEH campus in Binh Chanh District, Ho Chi Minh City.

In the spirit of the 3R model (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle), UEH strives to build a sustainable and waste-free environment for learning, which gave rise to their newly launched ‘UEH Zero Waste Campus’ campaign, said Bui Quang Hung, deputy president of the university. 

In the first and current phase of the project, entitled ‘Rethink – Be Green,’ the school expects to reduce 40 percent of plastic refuse on the campus, while 70 percent of its students and officers are anticipated to gain an understanding of zero-waste practices. 

“This project is also the first step in UEH’s road map toward sustainability and multidiscipline, as well as our commitment to achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals,” Hung said.

The project outlines the adoption of 3R technologies in sorting and recycling waste, as well as human-centered education and communication to promote a circular economy. 

Singer Trong Hieu will also participate as the campaign’s ambassador, who will promote the ‘Rethink – Be Green’ message and inspire the community to uphold sustainable values through promotional activities.

The campaign will go through multiple stages to foster a ‘green’ lifestyle at the UEH campus and is slated to complete in 2025.

‘UEH Zero Waste Campus’ has been selected as one of the finalists in The Zero Waste City Challenge, a sustainable idea competition organized by nonprofit Waste Aid. 

It will compete with other ideas from Vietnam in a final round held virtually on Tuesday. 

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US mission to Vietnam seeks candidates for YSEALI scholarship program

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The 2020 Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) Program is now calling for applications from Vietnamese youngsters who will have the chance to take part in academic, exchange, and skill training activities at home and abroad, according to the U.S. Mission to Vietnam.

YSEALI is a short-term academic program whose purpose is to promote regional strategic goals, reduce barriers to communication among Southeast Asia’s young generations, and strengthen cross-border partnerships with the U.S. youth.

The program is seeking Vietnamese talents aged 18-35, who are either undergraduates or postgraduates with outstanding leadership skills expressed in excellent academic performance and dynamic extracurricular activities.

Eligible candidates are those with proficiency in English and profound enthusiasm for social contributions at their universities or working institutions.

The program includes a virtual academic course and an integrated in-person experience approximately two to three weeks in length.

During the virtual module, selected candidates will participate remotely in useful activities including academic sessions, site visits, leadership development training, and cultural engagement.

In the event of better travel conditions in fall of 2022 or spring of 2023, candidates will be involved in a trip to the U.S. which provides socio-cultural activities and hands-on interactions with locals.

The deadline for application is November 5.

The U.S. Mission to Vietnam additionally provides opportunities for emerging leader seeds with the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Professional Fellows Program (YSEALI PFP), an exchange program designed to enhance the bilateral relations between Southeast Asian and U.S. talented young leaders aged 25-35.

Participants are expected to develop their expertise and foster leadership capabilities during the program, in addition to experiencing discussions and seminars on global issues.

All costs including program administration, flight tickets, materials and allowances, housing and supplementary expenses will be sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

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